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City asking people to follow Covid guidelines this holiday season

JONESBORO, Ark- The City of Jonesboro wants to remind people limit holiday travel.

As well as asking residents to cut down on large Christmas gatherings as our hospitals remain full and coronavirus cases continue to rise.

“Just put on a mask, you just stay distant, you just wash your hands. It’s difficult to do that with family around, but you need to find a big space. You need to find a small gathering that you’re used to being around, that you’re around frequently,” says City of Jonesboro Communications Director Bill Campbell.

So far, arkansas has almost 173,000 confirmed Covid cases.

Today, Gov. Hutchinson announce 43 new deaths.

Campbell stresses the importance of following guidelines to take care of one another as our hospitals continue to run out of space and more people fall ill to the coronavirus.

“[2020] It’s going to be the year we talk about as boy remember how crazy that was for the rest of our lives and the key is to have a healthy memory of it and not a tragic memory of it. Our hospitals are overworked and have been for a while, and we’ve got people who are sick,” says Campbell.

The Arkansas Department of Health is reminding people to remember the three w’s: wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.

For those wondering how to continue Christmas without being together, Campbell has suggestions.

“You know Zoom meetings, facetime; there are so many things out there that you can do these days to connect to people,” Campbell said. “It’s not the same, I get that, but this year is not the same.”

Traditionally Zoom has a 40-minute time limit unless you pay for a membership.

Well, the company is eliminating those time limits for Christmas and New Year’s Day so families can still celebrate together without being physically together.


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